List of resources to help you get into UX & UI Design
As a former instructor at RED Academy, I had people constantly ask me how to prepare for the career in UX/UI Design. Getting formal education in this discipline is one way to get there, but from my personal experience, the most successful students were those who came with a design thinking mindset and had some knowledge already.
I’m a strong believer in sharing knowledge, so here is a list of resources designers at RED put together to help our prospective students prepare for the industry.
Foundation of UX Design
Most UX designers will tell you that there's no prescribed path to becoming a UX designer. I've met UX designers who…blog.invisionapp.com
User Experience - dubbed UX for short - is a hot topic. In the broadest sense, it can be defined as the overall…usabilitygeek.com
Many people in the usability community regard Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web…www.uxbooth.com
Whitney Hess is an independent user experience designer, writer and consultant based in New York City. She authors the…mashable.com
IT courses would often advise that a misguided path is thinking that UX is equivalent to UI. The thing is, user…inspiredm.com
A few years ago, Emma Coats took to Twitter to share 22 rules she learned about storytelling during her time as a Pixar…blog.invisionapp.com
Once it's time for your walkthrough, your preparation and tools become really important. Once it's time for your…www.uxmatters.com
Stories have defined our world, they are the basis for all the rules we have right now. They have been with us since…medium.com
Design Thinking & Trends
Consider this. You work for an organization in East Africa. The organization sells treadle pumps (used for farmland…designschool.canva.com
"Experience" might qualify as the most influential buzzword of 2015-especially when modified by "user" and "customer.…blog.invisionapp.com
The story of Pixite’s vector design app called Assemblymedium.com
On the future of tech and amazing things in development we should all be watching in 2017:
On softer skills like vulnerability and empathy (very valuable for anybody who wants to be successful in the design industry generally speaking):
From graphics to products, check out these talks by some of the world's greatest designers.www.ted.com
An exploration of what it would like if the medical industry practiced a more patient-first mentality.www.ted.com
Quirky, fascinating talks about the design of practical things we all need, whether we know it or not.www.ted.com
Sketch is easy to use, and quick to learn. We've created some short videos, and compiled invaluable resources to help…www.sketchapp.com
InVision allows you to quickly create interactive clickable prototypes and gather instant feedback from your users…support.invisionapp.com
Learn how to prototype with Framer with step-by-step animation and interaction Framer tutorials.www.prototypingwithframer.com
A new tool for designing modern interfaces, built and used by designers at Facebookorigami.design
Great experiences are manifested through every user — product touchpoint; whether it’s an ad on the bus, an interaction on the website or colours you are seeing in a display ad. There is no such as UI vs UX, and a good designer needs to be proficient in both. Hence, below are books that talk about both how things work and look.
In 2015, we had the opportunity to hear all sides of the challenges that come with creating your own company. From…storyinabottle.charmingrobot.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of The UX Intern by Wesley Noble for free.itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of UX-radio by Lara Fedoroff for free.itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of UX Discovery Session... by Gerard Dolan by Gerard Dolan for…itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of UX Podcast by Per Axbom & James Royal-Lawson for free.itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of UX Café by UX Café for free.itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of Boxes and Arrows Podcast by Boxes and Arrows for free.itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of pixel8 :: what makes great user experiences? by show…itunes.apple.com
Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of The UX Workshop.tv by The UX Workshop.tv for free.itunes.apple.com
There is another gazillion of other resources out there, so please leave a comment if you think something needs to be added to this list. Also, check out this post by James McNab on essential Sketch templates, as well as this one on other essential design resources.
I’m obviously a huge fan of design programs at RED Academy; and, although I’m not working at RED anymore, I’ll stand behind the quality of those programs any day. If you have any questions about it — please don’t hesitate to reach out via my LinkedIn, my website or on Twitter.